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WATER, WATER EVERYWHERE… Unhealthy water violates the US federal government’s Aircraft Drinking Water Rule (ADWR), which was implemented in 2011 and requires airlines to provide passengers and flight crew with safe drinking water. “Alaska Airlines and Allegiant win the top spot with the safest water in the sky, and Hawaiian Airlines finishes No. 2,” says Charles Platkin, PhD, JD, MPH, the Editor of and the Executive Director of the Hunter College NYC Food Policy Center. He advises that to be extra safe: “Do not drink coffee or tea onboard.”

But it’s a message that doesn’t seem to be resonating that much with passengers. According to beverage solutions provider SkyTender,

“We’ve noticed a very clear trend among passengers; the expectation of a premium coffee offering as a lifestyle product. What was once a luxury product is now part of almost every passenger’s morning routine. This is a far cry from coffee that is served onboard to the majority of passengers, limited in choice and from poor quality water sources. Our mission has been to be instrumental in that change and actually make it happen.”

In 2019, the company unveiled its SkyBarista range, including a coffee trolley, trialled on numerous flights with overwhelmingly positive results from passengers and crew alike.

SkyTender claims to have been the first to offer coffee specialties brewed with the purest quality water, freshly prepared in front of the passenger.

SkyBarista offers authentic barista coffee quality and 50 shades of choice: several blends and hints from toasted hazelnut, to caramel or a subtle touch of dark chocolate. According to the company, its various solutions have a certain intelligence which helps in the supply chain optimisation.

“The intelligence of our systems allows for the close tracking of consumption and related trends onboard, supply chain optimisation and inventory control and shrinkage control”.

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